Canon S100 review

A sexy GPS-enabled, high-end compact

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With a launch RRP of £439, there's no denying that the S100 is a little pricey. Some of its main rivals can be picked up for anything up to around £100 less. However, the S100 is a well-engineered camera with plenty of features.

In terms of manual control, Canon has got it right with the S100. The lens control ring is handy, and the incorporation of manual focus – plus the new FlexiZone AF feature – means the camera is much more flexible than the S95.

We liked

Slick AF performance, great build quality and comfortable handling, combined with admirable image quality in stills and HD video, plus raw shooting capability, comprehensive manual control, and GPS.

We disliked

Some features – such as the FlexiZone AF and High-speed Burst HQ functions, for instance – are somewhat difficult to access. Additionally, control over the built-in flash is a little limited for a camera of this caliber.

Final verdict

Take into account the superb handling, impressive image quality – particularly at high ISOs – slick, detailed Full HD video, plus a responsive, accurate GPS system, and you have the recipe for a pretty remarkable camera that you can take anywhere.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Wink Detection, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)173 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.8 mm
Width98.9 mm
Depth26.7 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5.20 mm to 26 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelS100
Product NamePowerShot S100 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5244B009
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PowerShot S100 uses Canon EOS sensor know-how and the latest Digic 5 processor to deliver exceptional images even in low light. With an f/2.0 lens, RAW and GPS this is an expert compact with impact.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot S100 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-5L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LX/CB-2LXE
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Getting Started
  • Software Disk
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year